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Psalm 46:1 “God is (not has been) our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in time of need.”
I love His Word and especially this verse as it has many principles and promises.
- First: God is and will be our Refuge (a place of safety.)
- Second: God is and will be our Strength (ability to keep going.)
- Third: God is and will be a very present help in time of need.
Our Heavenly Father knew we would have many problems and spiritual trials in this world. He said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have tribulations, testings and trials: but, be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.”
He said in Psalm 34:19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shall go: I will guide thee with mine eye!”
Believing in a God who only loves, but is not in control, is not a God worth worshipping and obeying. Our God is good and has a plan and purpose for each of us. God is love and is in control. Ephesians 1:4
St. Augustine once said: “God loves every man as though there were no one else to love. God also prepares every man, who is willing to listen, as though there were no one else to do His work.”
Again, Psalm 46:1: God is!!
We need to not just know ABOUT God, but rather, to really KNOW Him personally. Also, we need not to just hear ABOUT God but to really HEAR His Voice for ourselves.
John 10:3,4 says: “He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” Verse 4 – “For they KNOW His Voice.”
Again GOD IS:
- A Refuge: A place of safety and shelter in time of trouble.
- Strength: In II Corinthians 12:9 the Lord said to Paul, “My Grace is sufficient for thee; for My Strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul received this word and responded in verse 10 “For then when I am weak, then I am strong.”
- A very present help in time of need: John 14:26
He is our Strength.
He is our Comfort.
He is our Helper.
He is our Counselor.
He is our Intercessor.
He is our Advocate.
He is our Standby.
As the scripture has stated in John 14:26, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to represent Himself, on His behalf and He will teach you all things and will by revelation recall and bring back to remembrance all He is and has done!!
Oh, What a Savior!!
Isaiah 9:6 KJV — “And His Name shall be called…Prince of Peace.”
This not only reveals that Jesus overflows with peace, but that all in His Kingdom are called to be of the same peacefully flowing spirit.
Isaiah 66:12 KJV — “I will extend peace to her like a river…”
Matthew 23:37 — “…as He longed to gather Jerusalem as a hen gathers her chicks so He wants us to rest contentedly under His wings.”
God deeply desires that no one be hurt, fearful or worried in His Kingdom. He desires for His people to fiercely protect and maintain their peace and confidence in Him. And, as we keep our minds on Him, Jesus keeps us in perfect peace. Isaiah 26:3. Continue reading
During this memorial week of 9/11 we are reminded of the devastation that thrust our nation into panic in 2001. Fear and shock gripped the hearts of Americans and the world on that day. We watched in horror as we saw the twin towers fall and survivors fleeing for their lives.
So this week especially, keep the families who lost loved ones and the survivors in your hearts and prayers. Please join us in praying for the safety and protection of our nation and leaders.
In the midst of all the world’s turmoil, wars and rumors of wars, it is difficult not to be concerned about future events. Prophecies will be fulfilled, but God is still our Refuge and Protector. He watches over us. Continue reading
I have shared some of my own experiences in former devotions I have written. My youngest son, Jeff Dahl, recently sent me an email that I would like to share with you. It is so important for all of us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants to use all of us who know Him to reach out to others. May you be encouraged in the Lord as you read the following. Betty
Jeff begins his email by saying, Even when he is old he will not depart from it…….
Sometimes witnessing comes rather spontaneously for me. Two days ago, I had a customer drop by who needed the wheel of his motorcycle repaired as the sprocket bolts had all sheared off. When I first met this man June 4th of 2014, I immediately saw something about him that caused me to see that this was no ordinary man.
We discussed the job, decided what to do and the cost to fix it. Somehow he mentioned to me that he as a boy knew God but his parental figure had been less than a good example of Christ to him. This had caused much harm and doubt in him. Yet he heard the message as a boy. I asked him if he reads the Bible and he said “No”, but when he told me I said, “That is going to change”. Continue reading
When I started asking the Lord what He would like me to write in a devotion to Him, I found myself humming the most beautiful melody. Several times during the last month or so I would hear this song with the words in my head. But, when I would get to a certain verse I would forget the words.
A couple of times the ladies I pray with would try to remember the words as well but were unable to recall them, so we would just hum that part. Last week I asked my friend if she would try to find this song for me. She did, and we just loved it! The name of this song is, In Your Presence, Oh God. Continue reading